2011 ORS § 113.242¹
Authority of estate administrator
(1) An estate administrator of the Department of State Lands appointed under ORS 113.235 (Appointment of estate administrators by Director of Department of State Lands) may take custody of the property of a decedent who died owning property subject to probate in Oregon upon the estate administrator receiving notice that:
(a) The decedent died wholly intestate and without a known heir as described in ORS 113.238 (Requirements and prohibitions related to certain decedents who die intestate and without heirs) (3); or
(b) The decedent left a valid will, but no devisee has been identified and found.
(2) For any estate described in subsection (1) of this section, an estate administrator of the Department of State Lands appointed under ORS 113.235 (Appointment of estate administrators by Director of Department of State Lands) may:
(a) Incur expenses for the funeral, burial or other disposition of the remains of the decedent in a manner suitable to the condition in life of the decedent;
(b) Incur expenses for the protection of the property of the estate;
(c) Incur expenses searching for a will or for heirs or devisees of the decedent;
(d) Have access to the property and records of the decedent other than records that are made confidential or privileged by statute;
(e) With proof of the death of the decedent, have access to all financial records of accounts or safe deposit boxes of the decedent at banks or other financial institutions; and
(f) Sell perishable property of the estate.
(3) The reasonable funeral and administrative expenses of the Department of State Lands incurred under this section, including a reasonable attorney fee, shall be paid from the assets of the estate with the same priority as funeral and administration expenses under ORS 115.125 (Order of payment of expenses and claims). [2003 c.395 §9]